Syllabuses (Curricula) for all subjects of GCE Advanced Level have been changed from 2017 for GCE A/L 2019 and 2020 A/L students. If you are planning to do A/L in 2020 after your O/L examination in 2017 December, then you have to follow this new Biology syllabus.
NIE conducted Seminars for GCE A/L teachers recently in 2017 August, informing them on the contents of new Biology Syllabus. In these syllabus teachers and students were informed that they should not use the old syllabus Teacher Guides, and they should follow Campbell Biology book in teaching and learning Biology.
At present A/L Biology syllabus contains 13 Units. New syllabus with 10 new units are being complied these days by NIE (National Institute of Education). New Teachers’ Guides are also being prepared by NIE. These syllabus are compiled by a team of University Professors, School Biology Teachers and officers of NIE.
Today major science advances are in atoms (in Physics and chemistry), bytes (in Information science) and in genes. While Physics and Chemistry are based on molecules and atoms, Biological processors are based on Genes. Cell function, evolution, human diseases, race, identity and even your behavior are determined by genes. Basis of the present syllabus is to put more emphasis on these new trends in Biology.
Hence when selecting A/L 2020 tuition classes, you should be careful in selecting a correct class. You should select a tuition class conducted by a teacher who has a good knowledge on these recent developments in Biology.
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Units of New A/L Biology Syllabus
1. Introduction to Biology
2. Chemical and Cellular Basis of Life
3. Evolution and Diversity of Organisms
4. Plant form and function
5. Animal form and function
7. Molecular Biology and Recombinant DNA Technology
8. Environmental Biology
10. Applied Biology
Download Biology (2017) New Syllabus form NIE website:
Download Biology Handouts from NIE web site
Evolution and diversity of organisms
Grade 12 – Biology Handout Unit 01 – Introduction to Biology
Grade 12 – Biology Handout Unit 02 – Chemical and Cellular Basis of Life
Grade 12 – Biology Handout Unit 03 – Evolution and Diversity of Organisms
Grade 12 – Biology Handout Unit 04 – Plant form and function
Download Biology Teacher Seminar Presentations
Download PowerPoint Presentations by Prof M. J. S. Wijeyaratne and Prof Nissanda De Silva on 2019 New Syllabus presented at Teacher Seminars conducted by NIE.
Watch video on GCE A/L 2019 Biology New Syllabus
Ministry of Education circular on questions for New A/L examination
Ministry of Higher Education has issued a circular specifying that for Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Department of Examinations will prepared A/L questions based on the limitations specified in Learning Outcomes of the syllabi.